Practicing Oil Analysis January 2007

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I realize that this statement - No Contamination, No Wear, No Kidding -  may not sit well with some readers, such as a few purists within the tribology community. But before anyone gets too excited,...

Do you recall the first time you scanned an oil analysis report for information and were perplexed by the various names and units of measurement? Have you ever sat through a training seminar and...

In recent years, there has been an increase in the desire for on-site oil analysis. With the availability of on-site oil analysis tools, a strong fight is waging to determine what the best on-site...

Ashley Mayer

I have always likened oil analysis to mechanical pathology. You give the doctor a blood sample, the doctor tests it, and you get a report. The same with oil analysis: you pull a sample, analyze it,...

Michael Stern and Larry Girdler, EMD Chemicals, Inc.

High water content of lubricating oils negatively impacts the operation and longevity of the oils and the mechanical equipment components being lubricated. Water increases the oxidation rate of oils,...

Ziplock Bags to the Rescue After setting stringent target cleanliness levels for our equipment, we began experiencing problems with repeating and maintaining the levels. Our environment,...

C. Patrick Maggi, Cannon Instrument Company

In the September-October issue of Practicing Oil Analysis, several advantages of using standardized test methodology were discussed, for example, the use of ASTM D445 for the viscosity measurement of...

Rob Simmonds, R&T Reliability Technologies Pty Ltd.

Understanding how to provide appropriate lubrication for fixed or mobile machinery is important for effective reliability and the owner’s economic success. Recognizing the actual clearance size...

Tom Odendaal, Energizer Battery Manufacturing

When Energizer set out to implement an oil analysis program, emphasis was placed on making the most effective use of existing internal resources, including people, technology and management...

Greg Livingstone, Ept, Inc. Dave Wooton, Wooton Consulting Brian Thompson, Analysts Inc.

The objective of a root cause analysis (RCA) is to identify what happened, why it happened, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. It involves examining the problem and...

J.d. Funk, Schroeder Industries

Designing, manufacturing and marketing advanced filtration and fluid conditioning products is the main focus of Schroeder Industries. It serves approximately 15,000 customers in the fluid power...

Suzy Jamieson, ICML

The Board of Directors for the International Council for Machinery Lubrication has just approved a recertification amnesty period in which all personnel previously certified by ICML who failed to...

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